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Siegfried Hecker, a respected nuclear scientist who has previously traveled to North Korea to inspect its nuclear site, co-authored the roadmap with Robert Carlin, a Korea analyst who spent years at the Central Intelligence Agency and State Department, and Elliot Serbin, Hecker's research assistant. That was a shift from last week when Trump announced in an open letter to Kim Jong-un that he had made a decision to "terminate" the summit following a provocative statement from the North.

Evans Revere, a former State Department official who negotiated with North Korea, said at best, Pyongyang will discuss denuclearization in ambiguous terms and agree to decrease the capacity of its inter-continental ballistic missiles and allow inspectors in to its Yongbyon nuclear facility.

As the United States and North Korean officials prepared for their first encounter in NY on Wednesday evening, Pompeo repeated the Trump administration's demands.

Lavrov spoke to his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo by telephone for the first time on Wednesday ahead of the secretary of state's dinner meeting with Kim Yong Chol.

Kim flew from Pyongyang to Beijing Tuesday with North Korean officials including Choe Kang-il, acting director general for North American affairs in its Foreign Ministry, and Kim Song-hye, a senior official from the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers' Party.

Mr. Pompeo began his discussions with Gen. Kim by hosting a dinner on Wednesday night. Kim is wearing a badge showing the faces of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, which is reserved for senior officials. As Kim and Pompeo were meeting in NY, other US teams were meeting with North Korean officials in Singapore and in the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone. Stoffer speculated the negotiations could stall if Pyongyang insists on its "phased" approach and demands that Washington make concessions as it takes steps to denuclearize.

The top US diplomat and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's right-hand man broke bread - and a few more things besides - at a luxury building complex on New York's East Side on Wednesday evening.

"Do come to Russian Federation, we will be very glad to see you", Lavrov reportedly told Kim Jong Un.

U.S. pauses new North Korea sanctions as officials try to reset summit
Since then, North Korea has rejected USA demands for it to unilaterally abandon its nuclear weapons programme. Optimistic rhetoric aside, the White House said Trump was ready to cancel the talks at any time.

If the summit - which US President Donald Trump earlier canceled only to say a day later that it could still take place - is held as planned in Singapore, the possibility of a three-way summit involving the Koreas and the US there would be heightened, experts said. It lasted around 90 minutes. Photos show the two engaged in pleasant diplomatic protocol. And reciprocity may be at play: Pompeo has twice traveled to Pyongyang, hence Kim's flight to the US.

Kim Yong Chol and Mike Pompeo meet in NY.

The pair also signed a menu after the meal.

The working-level U.S. -North Korean meetings in the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone are focused on what would be the substance of a potential summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Prior to the destruction of tunnels and other buildings at the nuclear test site, observed by invited members of the global media, reports surfaced in April that the Punggye-ri complex had already partially collapsed from the stress of multiple nuclear explosions, possibly making it unsafe for further tests.

The 72-year-old is a controversial figure among South Koreans.

Kim Jong-chol, who many in South Korea hold responsible for a torpedo attack on the South Korean corvette Cheonan, which killed 46 sailors in 2010, is the harder-edged of the two.

Kim and Pompeo shake hands before dinner in NY.

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